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Old 03-30-2005, 07:11 PM   #1
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Wire in the roof

Thanks for all the coments on rivets..I used a drill and the old housing is out of the trailer...The vent is the same size as my original opening so that is a good thing. Now for the wiring. To the front of the vent, there is a black wire, coming up one side and going down the other? Does anyone know if this is 12V or 120V? The Fantastic Fans are 12V correct? Hope someone can help me. Thanks.

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Old 03-30-2005, 07:26 PM   #2
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Thanks for all the coments on rivets..I used a drill and the old housing is out of the trailer...The vent is the same size as my original opening so that is a good thing. Now for the wiring. To the front of the vent, there is a black wire, coming up one side and going down the other? Does anyone know if this is 12V or 120V? The Fantastic Fans are 12V correct? Hope someone can help me. Thanks.

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The fans are 12 volt.
Can you test you wires? Not sure what is there...
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:28 PM   #3
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Your vent is 12 volt. My recollection is that black wires are generally 12 volt, red are 120. But I could be suffering from false memory, and who knows for sure at this date? It could even be a speaker wire, I suppose.

I really don't understand what you mean by "up one side and going down the other". However, your coach may have been wired for a power vent, in which case there should be a 12 volt lead already there.

There is a large bundle of wires running the length of the coach, just to the curbside of the vent opening. Be very careful with your drill when setting the new rivets. You will also find, I believe, that the opening, while the same size, is not the same shape. The original vent is rounded at the corners, where the Fantastic Vent is square.

When installing the new vent, place it on the roof oriented properly with the hinge to the front to prevent an unpleasant surprise when you first open it. Don't ask how I know this.

If nothing else is handy, tap the 12 volt lead at the light just aft of the vent. You may have to drill a few rivets to open up the ceiling panel enough. Those are just ordinary 1/8" aluminum pop rivets. The commonly available white are hard to tell from the original rivets once installed.

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Old 03-30-2005, 07:42 PM   #4
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Square vent

My roof vent on my 65 is square in the corners, not rounded. Thanks for the advise on the hinge to the front for when I'm going down the road..knowing me, I'd have put it in backwards.

The black wire coming up from the road side, from the battery area, goes just in front of the vent, and then down the curb side towards the fridge. There is no tap or lead out of it. I'll probe it tomorrow to see if it is 12V or 120V.

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Your vent is 12 volt. My recollection is that black wires are generally 12 volt, red are 120. But I could be suffering from false memory, and who knows for sure at this date? It could even be a speaker wire, I suppose.

I really don't understand what you mean by "up one side and going down the other". However, your coach may have been wired for a power vent, in which case there should be a 12 volt lead already there.

There is a large bundle of wires running the length of the coach, just to the curbside of the vent opening. Be very careful with your drill when setting the new rivets. You will also find, I believe, that the opening, while the same size, is not the same shape. The original vent is rounded at the corners, where the Fantastic Vent is square.

When installing the new vent, place it on the roof oriented properly with the hinge to the front to prevent an unpleasant surprise when you first open it. Don't ask how I know this.

If nothing else is handy, tap the 12 volt lead at the light just aft of the vent. You may have to drill a few rivets to open up the ceiling panel enough. Those are just ordinary 1/8" aluminum pop rivets. The commonly available white are hard to tell from the original rivets once installed.

Good luck,

Mark
Excellent post, Mark.
I am going to install a Fantastic Fan in my Minuet once I get everything else installed that I have for it right now. Thanks for all of the helpful information.
Will I have to "square up" the rounded corners from the origianl to fit the Fantastic Vent? Or is there rounded framing inside too?
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